Pad­dle­board yoga in a hot spring

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Pad­dle­board yoga is not new, but do­ing it in a 10,000-year-old crater fed by a nat­u­ral, deep geo­ther­mal spring takes this pop­u­lar prac­tice to the next level. It’s one of many out-of-the-or­di­nary classes hosted by Park City Yoga Ad­ven­tures in Utah, USA, with the one-hour class held in­side Homestead Crater. A door in a hill­side opens to a nar­row 30-me­tre tun­nel which leads to the still pool of azure wa­ter un­der a high, lime­stone dome.

A hole in the top of the ‘cal­cite’ dome al­lows nat­u­ral light to fil­ter through – cre­at­ing a mag­i­cal ef­fect and pro­vid­ing fresh air. The min­eral-rich pool, 32°C year round, con­tains cal­cium which is thought to help in­crease oxy­gen flow and blood cir­cu­la­tion. And, like any hot tub, the heat re­laxes the mus­cles. The wa­ter’s buoy­ancy en­cour­ages freer move­ment and sup­ports joints, while the weight­less­ness strength­ens the pelvic floor and also as­sists in mus­cle length­en­ing. As to the ben­e­fits of pad­dle­board yoga, “align­ment in yoga is key,” says Park City Yoga Ad­ven­tures owner and yoga in­struc­tor Ju­lia Geisler. The chal­lenge to stay on the board as­sists with this align­ment.

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